Iowa Beef Producers Invited to Grazing Systems Program

CHARITON, Iowa – Beef producers interested in learning the latest on fescue management and forage-based diet supplementation will want to attend one of two grazing systems workshops in southern Iowa next month. The program brochure is available on the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) website.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers said both sessions will have the same speakers and content, so people can choose the most convenient location and date. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Osceola and Wednesday, May 18, at the Wayne County Courthouse in Corydon. Both begin at 7 p.m.

“Our featured speaker is Craig Roberts from the University of Missouri. He’ll review management practices that reduce health problems and increase cattle production on fescue pastures,” Sellers said. "Fescue toxicosis continues to create problems in Iowa beef herds, particularly where producers have pastures with longer rest periods than normal, resulting in mature fescue with higher alkaloid levels."

Roberts also will help producers determine which grazing systems may work for their operations. Sellers will present information on supplementing forage-based diets and will lead a question-answer session on local issues.

Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at